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30th May, 2013

Skagen, Denmark

We arrived at anchor around 8am to sun and blue skies, although the sea was a bit on the choppy side. As Shorex we are part of the Shore Party team, so we board the first tender ashore.

Although the tender boat was bouncing a little, the crossing took 9 minutes in total - timings we have to take into consideration when calculating the tour times.

The weather ashore was warm and inviting. This always makes the passengers happy and gives a good start to their shore excursions. Today, we had just the two tours:  ‘A Walk through Skagen’ and ‘Skagen Highlights’.

As we waited for our passengers we could hear over our radio the problems occurring as the gangway crew tried to load the passengers onto the tender boats. The sea decided to do its worse and our passengers were struggling to board the tenders.

This of course has an impact on the tour timings as the tenders were arriving later and later as the morning continued. The tenders were really dancing upon the waves as the last tour was waiting
to depart.

However, once the passengers’ feet were firmly on the ground, they were ready to enjoy their day’s excursions. Unfortunately, due to Mother Nature we were running behind time for the tour dispatch, but the passengers understood as they departed on the coaches.

By the time the walking tour left the port, the sun was out and there was not a cloud in the sky. The quaint little town with its bustling fishing harbour lined with vibrantly coloured fishing boats had a lot to offer and see.

The streets were full of yellow and cream wooden houses and shops, and the streets were narrow and cobbled. There were many art galleries as it is a long time artists’ colony and inspirational town for up and coming artists.

The guide led them through the streets with tales of the many shipwrecks that happened off the coast as they continued on to Beacon Hill to view the lighthouses of Skagen. The passengers enthused about their tour on their return.

The highlights of Skagen included the town and its art galleries, but this time the passengers also enjoyed a drive to Grenen at the tip of Denmark. This is where the Baltic and North Seas converge and passengers could dip both feet in the two seas at once.

The passengers also enjoyed a ride on the ‘Sandworm’ - a tractor pulled trolley that took them along the last stretch of beach out to the tip. The passengers really enjoyed this tour with so many happy and positive comments.

Today has been a great day for the tours with perfect weather conditions, excellent guides and a very pretty town.

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